Presentation on theme: "Resumes & Cover Letters"— Presentation transcript:
1 Resumes & Cover Letters Seattle Pacific UniversityThe Career Development Center
2 What is a Resume? An advertisement… your personal billboard. A way to obtain an interview, not a job.A summary of your skills and accomplishments selected specifically to demonstrate your VALUE.Digested in seconds.
3 What are Employers Looking For? A Match!! A match with job qualifications, experience, education, and skills.A Fit!! A fit within their organization.
4 Resume Writing Process Broad Inventory or “Job Sketch.”Write down everything you did in your job (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.)Relive your experiencePAR: ProblemActionResult
5 Resume Writing Process Identify Skills and Unique ContributionsOrganize, Prioritize, and WriteFormatProofread, Proofread, Proofread!
6 Components of a Good Resume Heading: Name, Address, Phone #,Objective: Short, Simple, and SpecificSkills: Hard and soft skillsEducation:Degree, Major/EmphasisSchool, City & State, DateGPA (optional)Experience: Position, Company, Date, and ResponsibilitiesInterests/Activities/Honors/Awards/Leadership:
7 ObjectiveObjectives are theme statements that will help organize the rest of the resume.No pronouns or self-defining language.Formula:Position + Department/Area + Industry + Skills = Objective
8 Sample Objectives“To obtain a position as a financial manager in the health care industry.”“Entry-level position in broadcast journalism at a commercial television station.”“To use computer science training in software development for designing and implementing operating systems.”
9 Skills/Qualifications Hard Skills:Computer ProgramsComputer LanguagesForeign LanguagesSoft Skills:Communication/WritingPublic SpeakingOrganizationProblem Solving
10 Skills Statement Examples Skills SummaryFluent in Word, Excel, Power Point, Front page, and PublisherExperienced in C++, Pascal, and htmlAble to process and organize large volumes of recordsLearn quickly, seek out new responsibilitiesQualificationsKnowledge of Microsoft Office products.Fluent in Spanish and extensive travel throughout Spain and South America.Patient listener with excellent communications skills
11 Education Full name of degree: Full name of School Location Date: GPA Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.Full name of SchoolLocationDate:Anticipated graduation June 2001GPA
12 Education ExampleBachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Emphasis in MarketingSeattle Pacific University, Seattle WA, Anticipated Graduation June 2001Major GPA: Deans List 6 out of 7 quartersRelated Coursework:_____,_____,_____
13 Experience Employers are looking for: Position/Title, Name of Company, Dates, and explanation of your responsibilities.Numbers and percents show accomplishments.Use action verbs and details. Be specific.Formula:Action Verb + Adjective + Quantify + Subject + Results = Experience Description
14 Experience Examples“Motivated and supervised eight sales staff to best sales volume in 25 store district.”“Developed procedures/orientation manual for community services division.”
15 Other Possible Headings InterestsActivitiesHonors/AwardsSpecial SkillsLeadershipVolunteer ActivitiesRelated ExperienceTravelCertifications
16 Style of Resume Brief is best. One page. Avoid personal pronouns. Use action verbs.Use bullet points for skills or job descriptions.Clean, simple layout with few indented margins.Use of space can denote confidence.
17 Organization/LayoutRemember its an advertisement…sell yourself with a few key points.Positioning on the page is important, what comes first gets read first.Reverse chronological order.Use CAPITALS, Bold, Underline, and Italicize to emphasize important features.
18 Final Product Use laser printing. Use resume paper – recommend white or off-white.Absolutely NO errors!!
19 One Size Doesn’t Fit All Develop multiple versions of your resume: Word processed document formatted for “human eyes”ScannableASCII Text-onlyHTML coded fileTargeted for specific positions
20 Formatted vs. Electronic Viewed by a human beingWritten for quick visual scanningFormatted to be pleasing to the eyeELECTRONICLoaded into a computer databaseWritten to be searchedFormatted for complete and exact transfer of data
21 Electronic Resume Tips Save or create your resume as “text-only”Review your resume and replace all unsupported characters with their ASCII equivalentBreak the one-page rule pages is OK.Personal home pages with resume link should be all business.
24 Keywords are the KeyEmployers and recruiters search resume databases using keywords.Nouns and phrases that highlight technical and professional areas of expertiseIndustry-specific jargonProjects, achievementsPersonality and attitudeCheck the detailed job description.
25 Submitting Electronic Resumes Don’t send your resume as an attachment!Always include an appropriate subject line.When submitting a paper resume that will be scanned:Do not foldIf faxing, use “fine” mode
26 Cover Letters Purpose of the Cover Letter: Applying for specific known vacancies.Inquiring about possible openings.A business letter that professionally introduces your resume.Explains the reason for sending your resume and contains additional information not found in the resume.
27 Preparing the Cover Letter Produced neatly on 8 ½ X 11” paper that matches your resume.Completely free of spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors.Customized for the specific position, employer, and contact person.Three or four brief paragraphs.
28 What Makes a Cover Letter Stand Out? Clear, concise, well written, and interesting.Helps the employer easily see the match between their needs and your qualifications and experience.Shows your knowledge of the organization and its needs.An internal company reference.
29 What’s in a Cover Letter? First Paragraph:Who you are, Why you are writing, What position you are applying for, and How you learned of the opening.Second (Third) Paragraph(s):Make the case for why you are a match for the position. Point out related experience, specific skills, unique qualifications that you know they need.Final Paragraph:Closing and follow up. State your desire for an interview, let them know how and when you can be reached. Unless they say “No Calls,” let them know when you will be calling to set up an appointment for an interview.